Chapter

A Second Christianity?

Murray A. Rae

in Kierkegaard's Vision of the Incarnation

Published in print December 1997 | ISBN: 9780198269403
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683633 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269403.003.0016
A Second Christianity?

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This chapter discusses the different viewpoints introduced by theologians of the twentieth century who had increasingly become hostile to the traditional content of Christian faith. The work of John Hick will be assessed in this chapter along with the arguments and viewpoints offered by Climacus wherein their distinctions and differences will be noted and assessed. In this chapter, the four arguments of Hick are discussed, for which a Climacean encounter may be adduced. Chapter 7 begins with an examination of Hick's contention that theology has been unable to offer a coherent explication of what it means by affirming the co-presence in Jesus of the divine and the human. The chapter then proceeds to consider Hick's claim that close examination of the historical evidence does not warrant belief in the incarnation, his proposal that the doctrine should be regarded as a metaphorical way of speaking Jesus's significance for us and the soteriological implications of Hick's concept of lordship.

Keywords: Christian faith; John Hick; Jesus; incarnation; lordship; soteriology

Chapter.  17477 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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